Goodner coached at Baylor, Kentucky, Tech

Updated: December 6, 2005, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- John Goodner, who spent 21 seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor, Texas Tech and Kentucky, has died of a brain tumor. He was 61.

Goodner, of Frederick, Okla., died at a Waco hospital Monday, said Georgia Jackson of Jackson Funeral Home in Frederick.

Former Baylor coach Grant Teaff hired Goodner as linebackers coach in 1982, a position he held until the close of the 1992 season. He also served as Baylor's defensive coordinator in 1992.

Goodner then coached inside linebackers at Texas Tech from 1993 to 1999 under coach Spike Dykes and was defensive coordinator for his final five seasons. Goodner also served as defensive coordinator at Kentucky for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

He returned to Baylor as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach under coach Guy Morriss for the 2003 season, before retiring.

A native of Frederick, Goodner played college football at Southwestern Oklahoma State and then spent 14 years as a high school coach in Oklahoma and Texas, Baylor said in a news release.

His funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Jackson Funeral Home in Frederick.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, of Frederick, and a daughter, Kathi, of Hewitt, Texas.


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